Osaka City - Southeast 大阪市ー南東

Abeno | Higashisumiyoshi | Ikuno | Hirano | Tennoji

Abeno Ward - 阿倍野区

Fukumizu Onsen

Japanese Name: 福水温泉
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Abeno
Address: 
大阪府大阪市阿倍野区阪南町2丁目216
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Friday
Hours: 15:00-23:00

Review

Economy of space is the key to understanding the wonderful Fukumizu Onsen. Located close to two subway lines and stations and a walkable distance from Tennoji this easily accessible to anyone in Osaka.

Upon entry the changing room is quite big for the size, with an alcove towards the front of the building with an ashtray for smoking. The kind man working the bandai was fun to talk to and very welcoming. I think the other customers were surprised to see a gaijin, but everyone went about their business and no one spoke up. I kind of wished someone would have to tell the truth.

The bathing area is small, but well used layout that maximized the use of the space making it feel much larger. The main center bath had the ubiquitous koi fish tile art in the shallow part. The jets were weak but comfortable but the electric bath felt too weak for my liking. Looping around the rotenburo, was a perfect cold-water bath and a small 2~3 seat sauna. The sauna lacked a TV, but had enka music piped in. The built in seating was really comfortable. A small 1~2 sized rotenburo was filled with “Magma Onsen,” a brand of bath salts that is somewhat common in sentos of this size. While there is no hot spring here, the baths and showers are all soft water which is a bonus.

I also enjoyed the tiles along the center wall in the baths.

Overall, Fukumizu Onsen is a great small neighborhood sento. I wish I lived in this neighborhood so I could be a regular here.

Tenmei-yu

Japanese Name: 天明湯
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Abeno
Address: 
大阪市阿倍野区文の里3-3-14
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥440
Holiday: Wednesday & Friday
Hours: 16:30-19:00

Review

Small sento that seems soon to close as the grandmother told me she no longer had the energy to do all the cleaning. Still has a great atmosphere. Sento fans should check it out before it is no longer with us.


Higashisumiyoshi Ward - 東住吉区

Fureai Onsen Yata

Japanese Name: ふれ愛温泉矢田
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Higashi Sumiyoshi
Address: 
大阪市東住吉区矢田6丁目3-16
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: http://yata-jinken.com/fureai/
Price: ¥450
Holiday: 4th Tuesday
Hours: 6:30-24:00

Review

A publicly funded natural hot spring bathhouse that has some really great water. A few large baths including a nice long rotenburo. The staff and other bathers were all very friendly and welcoming. Recommended.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Yamatogawa Yata Onsen - 大和川矢田温泉
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring - ナトリウム・カルシウム塩化物温泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 45
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Tanabe Onsen *CLOSED*

Japanese Name: 田辺温泉ー廃業
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Higashi Sumiyoshi
Address: 
大阪府大阪市東住吉区田辺1--13
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: 
Price: ¥
Holiday: 
Hours: 

Review

CLOSED!

What a waste this was a lovely onsen. I'm glad I was able to go here before it closed down. Judging by comments on the onsen.nifty.com site it seems that Tanabe Onsen closed sometime between January and March of 2009.

Here's my review for posterity:

Next to a subway station in a sleepy residential Osaka neighborhood this onsen has a family feel. It seemed that everyone there knew each other. The staff was constantly chatting with the customers and visa versa. One might think this is a good thing but, this can be unsettling as the other costumers were rather watchful of a new, strange, and foreign guest. That combined with the architecture, baths, and tiles gave it an Osaka feel. The bathing area is done in the same glass framed by stainless steel style that the entry way is. In the baths the seats are built into the ground and made of tile, unlike the more common movable plastic ones. The water has a slight greenish brown tint that’s emphasized by the colors of the tiles. This onsen runs hot and leaves you radiating heat. Something in the mineral composition of the water and the design of the tubs here lead me to be made it easy for my body to absorb the heat faster and more completely than at other places. This onsen has an emphasis on radon baths, something I think is common among older Osaka sentos, and is the first onsen I’ve featured that has a radon bath. In this case the radon is added to the water and is not naturally occurring in the water. Radon is thought to be beneficial to your health, but it is radioactive and is a carcinogen, and as such should be approached with caution. Personally I like it, but I’m well aware of the danger and there’s no real immediately notable feel to the bath compared to another bath in the onsen. Also be aware that children aren’t allowed in any radon bath or sauna.  Also be aware the  second floor with the radon sauna and rotenburo gensen bath is accessible only if you pay an extra 240 yen. They will give you a plastic tile on a string which you wear around your neck to show that you’ve paid the fee.

 

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Sodium chloride spring - ナトリウム塩化物泉
pH: 7.1
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 53.4
Type: Extra hot spring -
高温泉
Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性


Ikuno Ward - 生野区

Gengahashi Onsen

Japanese Name: 源ケ橋温泉
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Ikuno
Address: 
大阪市生野区林寺1-5-33
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Monday
Hours: 15:00-25:00

Review

Historical sento that is listed as a tangeable cultural asset by the Japanese government. You can feel the history in this place. If you go to one sento in your life, Gengabashi would be a great option. Check out the Statue of Liberty on the roof. That's because "New York" sounds like "Nyuyoku" or in kanji "入浴" meaning "to take a bath."

Nishiki-yu

Japanese Name: 錦湯
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Ikeno
Address: 
大阪府大阪市池野区新今里4-10-5
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
Price: ¥410
Holiday: Saturday
Hours: 14:00-26:00

Review

Nice sento in the Korean area of eastern Osaka city. Interesting because all the signs in the bathhouse are written in Japanese and Korean.

Tenryu-yu

Japanese Name: 天竜湯
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka-Ikuno
Address: 
大阪府大阪市生野区生野西4-12-29
Type: Sento
Webpage: http://osaka268.com/osakasentou/%E5%A4%A9%E7%AB%9C%E6%B9%AF%EF%BC%88%E7%94%9F%E9%87%8E%E5%8C%BA%EF%BC%89/
Price: ¥440
Holiday: NA
Hours: 14:00-24:30

Sunday 9:0024:30

Review

Tenryu-yu is a large clean sento in a friendly neighborhood. The mist sauna and outdoor herbal bath were of note. The okonomiyaki place on the corner by the entrance is pretty good eating too.


Hirano Ward - 平野区

Yamato no Yu - Hirano *CLOSED*

Japanese Name: やまとの湯 平野店
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Hirano
Address: 
大阪市平野区平野北270
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.yamatonoyu.co.jp/all/hirano/index.htm
Price: ¥800
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-25:00

Review

*CLOSED* Small. Very small. That said it has the highest quality well of all the Yamato no Yu chain supersento that I’ve been to. The water has a good silky feel to it that stays with you well after getting out of the bath. Sadly the locker room and bathing areas are small. So are the entrance and lounge areas—this is common for the Yamato no Yu chain however. When I went the heater for the  main shallow indoor bath was broken it was being filled with the spring water at its natural temperature of about 37 degrees and I loved it. Mia had a ton of fun in the warm water. It is a great contrast to the heated spring water in the outdoor baths. So again, it is small. Too small. try to go on a normal weekday and not a holiday night like we did. If you live in the area, be happy you have pretty decent supersento near by.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Yamato Onsen - やまと温泉
Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉
pH: 8
Type: weak alkaline -
弱アリカリ性
Well Temperature: 37.4
Type: hot spring -
温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性


Tennoji Ward - 天王寺区

Tojyo Onsen

Japanese Name: 東上温泉
Prefecture: Osaka
City: Osaka - Tennoji
Address: 
大阪市天王寺区東上町7-30
Type: Sento
Webpage: 
http://toujou-onsen.com/
Price: ¥420
Holiday: Friday
Hours: 14:00-24:00 (Sunday 8:00-24:00)

Review

Small friendly sento very close to Tsuruhashi Station. Interesting bubble Jacuzzi style bath in the middle. Good option if Hakutsuru Onsen is closed on the other side of the tracks.